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An aeroplane (Airbus A330)

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From French aéroplane, from Ancient Greek ἀερόπλανος (aeróplanos, wandering in air), from ἀήρ (aḗr, air) + πλάνος (plános, wandering).


  • IPA(key): /ˈeə.ɹə.pleɪn/
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aeroplane (plural aeroplanes)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, India, Britain) A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings.
  2. (aeronautics, archaic) An airfoil.
  3. Any of various nymphalid butterflies, of various genera, having a slow gliding flight. Also called planes.

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This word was also formerly used in Canada and the US, but those regions now use airplane. Some speakers in those places may still idiolectally use aeroplane, however.

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